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David Abecassis works in painting, from life and photographs, from the private and public realm. Images are usually collaged, worked and evolve as the painting does. He has been exploring how memory connects us as people. He is interested in how our visual memory is conditioned by the quality of image technology available from a particular time. It could be the rendering of paint from the renaissance, black and white photography or a colour digital photo. David Abecassis completed undergraduate study at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada in Sculpture/Installation and photography. He completed studies in art history and studio sculpture in Florence,Italy before receiving his MFA at York University. Past exhibitions include, Mercer Union Gallery in Toronto Canada, Field Projects Gallery in New York, the New York Armory and the Bronx River Art Center and The Painting Center in New York. He has taught art and shown independently and with artist collectives in galleries and artist run spaces in Canada and in New York. His painting continues to revolve around social aspects of identity and memory. He currently lives and works in New York.

Creator Id: 2
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
City: New York
Province: New York
Country: United States
Gender: Male
Mediums: digital, installation, painting, sculpture

Montreal, Quebec [Budapest, Hungary, 1928] Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1928, Gabor Szilasi has been living in Montreal, Québec since 1959. Working as a photographer with the Office du film du Québec, he became familiar with regions of rural Québec. He made extensive photographic studies of Charlevoix (1970) and Beauce (1973) counties and in the mid-seventies in the Abitibi and Lac Saint-Jean regions of the province. In 1971 he started teaching photography at the Collège du Vieux Montréal and from 1980 until his retirement in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. He has also been visiting professor at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland in 1990 and at Stanford University where he taught summer courses in 1991, 1993 and 1995. In addition to documenting rural Québec, Szilasi has been photographing Montréal, its streets and architecture as well as people. From 1980 on he began to photograph the architecture of his native city of Budapest. He has had over 30 solo exhibitions and has participated in 60 group exhibitions in Canada and in Europe. Szilasi received the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2010 and the Governor General’s Award in 2011. Email Contact: Gabor Szilasi Email Contact: Andrea Szilasi

Creator Id: 588
Year of Birth: 1928
City: Montreal
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Hungary
Gender: Male
Mediums: photography

Robert-Ralph Carmichael was a Canadian artist. Carmichael's artwork is part of a number of collections, including that of the Government of Ontario in Queen's Park, Toronto, the Canada Council Art Bank in Ottawa, and the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie in the artist's home province of Ontario. In Alberta, his work is in the collections of the University of Calgary and the Alberta Arts Foundation in Edmonton. A collection of Carmichael's work can be viewed at Roses Art Gallery in Sault Ste. Marie. Carmichael is most known for having designed the image of the common loon on the reverse side of the Canadian one-dollar coin. The coin takes its name, loonie, from the image of the bird on the reverse. The artwork depicts a loon swimming in a lake, with coniferous trees visible on a point of land on the horizon. Carmichael's initials, RRC, are visible directly under the loon's beak, between the ripples on the surface of the water.

Creator Id: 116
Year of Birth: 1937
City: Echo Bay
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: painting

Born and raised in the southeast area of Vancouver, Ross Bollerup graduated with honours in painting From the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University) in 1960. There he was influenced and mentored by Jack Shadbolt, Don Jarvis and Reginald Holmes among others. Their interest and example stimulated him to continue in a career as an artist. While living in downtown Vancouver on West Hastings his work was exhibited with Bau-Xi and Mary Frazee Galleries as well as local public galleries. He moved to Popkum (near Chilliwack) more than forty years ago. There he established the ideal studio space needed for working on big, multiple and ongoing projects. He has been a part of the Lower Mainland artistic community for more than five decades, and continues to contribute to the field of printmaking and painting with his unique vision and innovative techniques. He has exhibited his work across Canada, in the U.S.A. and in most of the public galleries in the lower mainland. His most recent exhibitions include the Visual Space Gallery of Vancouver 2018, Reach Art Gallery of Abbotsford in 2016, the Chilliwack Cultural Centre in 2014, the McGill library in 2009 and Evergreen Cultural Centre in 2006. For a complete image timeline of Ross’ work from 1966 to the present go to the artists section of the Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art database at www.ccca.ca. and also visit his web site at: http://www.rossbollerup.com

Creator Id: 75
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1942
City: Rosedale
Province: British Columbia
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: British Columbia
Gender: Male
Mediums: collage, drawing, painting, printmaking

Paul Béliveau attained his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Laval University in 1977. Recognized for his expertise in drawing, engraving and painting he has since then had more than a hundred solo exhibitions across Canada, the United States and Europe. The recipient of numerous prizes in visual arts and of multiple grants from the Canada Council as well as the Ministère des Affaires Culturelles du Québec has taken part in several commitees and juries as specialist in the visual arts.

Creator Id: 57
Social Media Link: Social Media Link
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1954
City: Quebec
Province: Québec
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: drawing, painting

IAIN BAXTER& RCA is a Canadian conceptual artist. BAXTER& is recognized internationally as an early practitioner of conceptual art. BAXTER& was co-president with Ingrid Baxter of the conceptual project and legally incorporated business N.E. Thing Co., founded in 1966. BAXTER& is Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts University of Windsor and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Creator Id: 51
Year of Birth: 1936
City: Windsor
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: England
Gender: Male
Mediums: conceptual, earthwork, installation, painting, photography, sculpture, text-based, video

ᕿᓐᓄᐊᔪᐊᖅ ᐋᓯᕙᒃ Kenojuak Ashevak RCA is celebrated as a leading figure of modern Inuit art and one of Canada's preeminent artists and cultural icons. Part of a pioneering generation of Arctic creators, her career spanned more than five decades. She made graphic art, drawings and prints in stonecut, lithography, stained glass, and etching, beloved by the public, museums and collectors alike. Ashevak became one of the first Inuk women in ᑭᙵᐃᑦ / Kinngait [Cape Dorset] to begin drawing. She worked in graphite, coloured pencils and felt-tip pens, and occasionally used poster paints, watercolours or acrylics. She created many carvings from soapstone and thousands of drawings, etchings, stonecut prints and prints — all sought after by museums and collectors. She was the first Inuit artist inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame (2001), was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1967) and promoted to Companion in 1982. She received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts (2008) and the Order of Nunavut (2012). Her work, with its superb design qualities, was used for Canadian stamps, coins and banknotes. For instance, in 1970, Canada Post placed her 1960 print Enchanted Owl on a stamp to commemorate the centennial of the Northwest Territories and in 2017, the Bank of Canada unveiled a commemorative $10 banknote in honour of Canada's 150th birthday featuring Ashevak's print Owl's Bouquet on the note. She received Honorary Doctorates from Queen's University (1991) and the University of Toronto (1992) and many films were made about her life. Her work is included in the collection of the Art Museum The University of Toronto, St. Lawrence University, the National Gallery of Canada, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Creator Id: 30
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Community Detail: recoGnj3Hf0wf9phl
Year of Birth: 1927
City: ᑭᙵᐃᑦ / Kinngait [Cape Dorset]
Province: Nunavut
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Northwest Territories
Additional Statuses: Inuit
Community: recoGnj3Hf0wf9phl
Gender: Female
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: drawing, glass, printmaking

Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin -Madison where she teaches textile design, specifically, everything to do with the dyeing and printing of cloth, including natural dyes. She is an artist described by Art Daily as “one of the top contemporary installation artists in the country.” Jennifer creates some of the most provocative work most people have ever seen in an art museum setting. She composes patterns using hundreds of insects, placing them in arrangements that suggest wallpaper and textiles. Angus was one of nine leading contemporary artists selected for the landmark exhibition Wonder at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in 2015. Jennifer has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. More recently she received the inaugural Forward Art Prize, an unrestricted award for outstanding women artists of Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison she has received annual grants from the Graduate School, as well as the Vilas Associate Award, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, the Romnes Fellowship, the UW Arts Institute Creative Arts Award, Rothermel Bascom Professorship, the Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award and most recently the Edna Wiechers Arts in Wisconsin Award. In 2013, Albert Whitman and Company, Chicago, published her first novel, In Search of Goliathus Hercules. At the University of Wisconsin – Madison she is the faculty leader of the Global Artisans Initiative which launched an interdisciplinary outreach program that connects students with artisans who have requested assistance with microenterprise development. The program leverages the relationships that University of Wisconsin has built over many years at global health field course sites in Ecuador, India, Kenya Mexico, Nepal and Vietnam to create a product design and marketplace system to support the economic wellbeing of local artisans.

Creator Id: 22
Social Media Link: Social Media Link
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1961
City: Toronto, Madison
Province: Ontario, Wisconsin
Country: Canada, United States
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Alberta
Gender: Female
Mediums: fibre, installation, sculpture, textiles

Originally a painter and mixed media artist, since 2001 Pamela Allen has focused her practice on fibre art. Throughout her career, Pamela has explored many aspects of the arts community. In international exhibitions, writing articles for magazines, proposing solo exhibitions to galleries and museums, and teaching, she has become an active member of the arts community. She has been a full time artist since 1981. Pamela has taught art at all levels of education, from grade school to university. She began conducting fibre art workshops in Canada, the United States, and South Africa. She loves teaching and traveling, and both have informed her practice throughout her career. Many experiences soothed the angst and assuaged the competitive spirit, thus today Pamela finds great pleasure in expressing her own personal voice with her own personal style. She is confident that scale, colour, and spatial logic can be arbitrary if she wishes it. Pamela’s interest in Folk and Outsider art has persuaded her that sincerity of intent carries more impact than sensational technique. Abandoning linear thinking has opened up infinite possibilities for visual expression. She allows the work itself to direct the progress of its own development: for her, this is the most creative aspect of art making.

Creator Id: 11
City: Kingston
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female
Mediums: collage, fibre

Originally a painter and mixed media artist, since 2001 Pamela Allen has focused her practice on fibre art. Throughout her career, Pamela has explored many aspects of the arts community. In international exhibitions, writing articles for magazines, proposing solo exhibitions to galleries and museums, and teaching, she has become an active member of the arts community. She has been a full time artist since 1981. Pamela has taught art at all levels of education, from grade school to university. She began conducting fibre art workshops in Canada, the United States, and South Africa. She loves teaching and traveling, and both have informed her practice throughout her career. Many experiences soothed the angst and assuaged the competitive spirit, thus today Pamela finds great pleasure in expressing her own personal voice with her own personal style. She is confident that scale, colour, and spatial logic can be arbitrary if she wishes it. Pamela’s interest in Folk and Outsider art has persuaded her that sincerity of intent carries more impact than sensational technique. Abandoning linear thinking has opened up infinite possibilities for visual expression. She allows the work itself to direct the progress of its own development: for her, this is the most creative aspect of art making.

Creator Id: 11
City: Kingston
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female
Mediums: collage, fibre

Robert Achtemichuk studied fine arts at the University of Manitoba and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, specializing in printmaking. Back in Canada Achtemichuk taught in universities and then became the executive director at Open Studio in Toronto, a Canadian fine art printmaking gallery and studios. His prints and paintings have been shown in public and private galleries across Canada, most recently at Open Sesame. Robert is based in Kitchener, Ontario. Robert Achtemichuk acknowledges funding support from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and the Ontario Arts Council.

Creator Id: 4
Social Media Link: Social Media Link
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1948
City: Kitchener
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Saskatchewan
Gender: Male
Mediums: printmaking

Especially pertinent to John Abrams' overall program of work is the strategy of using existing cultural objects – film, art, and narratives – that already have systems of signs and signifiers, existing languages. These languages or codes can then be applied – like the artist’s palette of colours – to reconstruct, remake or alter the dynamic of the conversation. This approach allows the artist a chance to communicate to viewers in a common vocabulary and offers a point of entry into the ongoing dialogues that make up contemporary culture. Some of Abrams' wildlife paintings can be found in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Agnes Etherington in Kingston or the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

Creator Id: 3
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1959
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: installation, painting, video

Ann Beam is a multimedia artist based in M'Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island. Born Ann Elena Weatherby in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, she is the spouse of artist Carl Beam. She has a BFA from State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the late 1960s and 1970s and later managed the Neon Raven Art Gallery on Manitoulin Island. Themes covered in her art have been described as "cultural histories of women's labour in building homes, in motherhood, cooking and teaching." She has worked with various mediums, including oil and acrylic, found art, recycled materials, pottery, paper and cloth.

Creator Id: 52
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1944
City: West Bay
Province: Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: USA
Province of Birth: New York
Gender: Female
Mediums: ceramics, mixed media, painting, textiles

ᐸᓇᐸᓯ ᐊᓇᓴᒐ Barnabus Arnasungaaq was one of the first participants in his community’s sculpture program in the early 1960s. His work has had a great influence on his community and on the art of the Keewatin for more than four decades. Although he created a number of prints and drawings during his career, Arnasungaaq is first and foremost recognized as an important figure in contemporary Inuit sculpture. He continued to make works that embody the wonderful ideographic quality that we have come to associate with the artistic communities of the tundra. During his career, the artist participated in more than 100 group and solo shows in Canada, the United States and abroad. Today his works can be found in important collections, such as the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, the National Gallery of Canada, the Center of the Dennos Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilizations, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and much more.

Creator Id: 9
Community Detail: recZJXig7mWdp3Us2
Year of Birth: 1924
City: ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅ / Qamani'tuaq [Baker Lake]
Province: Nunavut
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Nunavut
Additional Statuses: Inuit
Community: recZJXig7mWdp3Us2
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: sculpture

Gordon was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1935. He died in Toronto in October 2010.

Creator Id: 501
Year of Birth: 1935
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Beginning Year: 1935
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: painting

Palluq Pullat Palluq inuuliqtuminiq Villuali 1915, Ilupirulimmi, Ammarjuat saniani ungasinniqaqsuni 350 kilumiita mitsaani kanannangani Kinngait, Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut. Qaujimajaujjutilik titiqtugarnik 4500-nik (titiqtugaliarisimajut, titiqtugait, amiaqsimajullu) sanasimajangit arraaguit 33 iluani. Pigiarutiqaqpallialauqsimajuugaluaq sanannguanirmik kisiani quviagilauqsimanngimmauk, utirami Kiaktuumut, titiqtugaqattapallialilauqsimajuq 1958 uvvalu 1960. Tiliuqtaugianngalauqsimatsuni James Houston-mut ammalu Terry Ryan-mut, ilitaqsisitsautigilauqsimajuq titiqtugarnirmik, ammalu kinguningagut titiqtugaliurnirmik amiarinirmillu, niruaqtariliqsugu. Palluq kingulliqpaami titiqtugangit takutsaujut arraagutamaaqsiutini titiqtugarni 1993-mi. Inuujunniilauqtuq Tiisippiri 28, 1992

Creator Id: 491
Community Detail: recoGnj3Hf0wf9phl
Year of Birth: 1916
City: Kinngait [Cape Dorset]
Province: Nunavut
Country: Canada
Beginning Year: 1916
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: 350km east of Cape Dorset
Additional Statuses: Inuit
Community: recoGnj3Hf0wf9phl
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: drawing, printmaking, undeclared

Especially pertinent to John Abrams' overall program of work is the strategy of using existing cultural objects – film, art, and narratives – that already have systems of signs and signifiers, existing languages. These languages or codes can then be applied – like the artist’s palette of colours – to reconstruct, remake or alter the dynamic of the conversation. This approach allows the artist a chance to communicate to viewers in a common vocabulary and offers a point of entry into the ongoing dialogues that make up contemporary culture. Some of Abrams' wildlife paintings can be found in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Agnes Etherington in Kingston or the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

Creator Id: 3
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1959
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: installation, painting, video

Gordon was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1935. He died in Toronto in October 2010.

Creator Id: 501
Year of Birth: 1935
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Beginning Year: 1935
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Male
Living Status: Deceased
Mediums: painting

Julie was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1957. She currently lives and works in Toronto.

Creator Id: 631
Year of Birth: 1957
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Ontario
Gender: Female

Especially pertinent to John Abrams' overall program of work is the strategy of using existing cultural objects – film, art, and narratives – that already have systems of signs and signifiers, existing languages. These languages or codes can then be applied – like the artist’s palette of colours – to reconstruct, remake or alter the dynamic of the conversation. This approach allows the artist a chance to communicate to viewers in a common vocabulary and offers a point of entry into the ongoing dialogues that make up contemporary culture. Some of Abrams' wildlife paintings can be found in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Agnes Etherington in Kingston or the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

Creator Id: 3
Web Site Link: Web Site Link
Year of Birth: 1959
City: Toronto
Province: Ontario
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Quebec
Gender: Male
Mediums: installation, painting, video

Following the Hungarian Revolution Louis' family emigrated to Canada. He graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 1966, after which he worked as a set designer for the Manitoba Theatre Centre and the National Film Board. He eventually became a city planner but has continued to practice visual art in his studio. The CCCA Winnipeg Artists Project was generously supported by the Winnipeg Foundation.

Creator Id: 42
Year of Birth: 1943
City: Winnipeg
Province: Manitoba
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Hungary
Gender: Male
Mediums: painting, sculpture

St. John's, Newfoundland[Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1935] Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University in 1961. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in public galleries across Canada over the past forty-five years. Her work is collected both nationally and internationally by museums, corporate, and private collectors including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick; Canada House, London, England; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland; the Vancouver Art Gallery; Granite Club, Loblaws, London Life, RBC Financial Group and Shaw Communications. Mary is represented by the Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto.

Creator Id: 486
Year of Birth: 1935
City: St. John's
Province: Newfoundland
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: New Brunswick
Gender: Female
Mediums: painting

Joe Talirunilik Joe Talirunilik inuuliqtuniniq 1893 ammalu 1906 akurnnganni, ungasinnilimmi 50 kilumiitanik Puvirniqtumik, Nunavimmi, Niaqurnirmi. 1893 nalunaiqtausimagaluaqtillugu inulirijituqakkunnut Aatuvaami, 1906-mi inuusimaniraqtuq taanna sanaugaqti, arraagu inuuvimininga nalunaiqtaullaritsimanngittuq. Pigiaqtitsiqatausimatsuni Puvirniqtumi titiqtugarvimmik. Talirunilik qaujimajautsiaqtuq tamakkiinnut titiqtugarnut ammalu sanannguagarnut. Turaagaqaluannuaqsuni sanannguagarnik 1950-nginni 60-nginni titiqtugaliurniqsautsuni, sanaluannguaqsimalauqtuq arraaguni 15-ni inuusungaqsuni. Qatanngutitsamititut, sanaugaqti Taivitialuk Amittu, qaujimajautsialauqtuq unikkaaqtuaqtiulluni Puvirniqtumi. Sanasimajangit iluliqaurmata sanngijualunni attuaniqaqtuni inuusirmini atuqattaqsimajanginnut asini ammalu unikkaaqtuangullutik ilangit uqausikkut kinguvaariinuuqpattuminiit. Asiniinninniq, angunasuarniit ammalu 'tulaajut' qaujimajaujjutimmaringit qimirrujausimanginnaqqut ammalu iluliqauqsutik. Joe Talirunilli inuujunniilauqsimajuq Sittippiri 13, 1976.

Creator Id: 590
Year of Birth: 1893
City: Puvirnituq
Province: Nunavik [Arctic Quebec]
Country: Canada
Country of Birth: Canada
Province of Birth: Nunavik [Arctic Quebec]
Gender: Male
Mediums: printmaking, sculpture, undeclared